Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers signed the richest NFL contract ever yesterday, raking in a cool $40 million upfront and earning the remainder of his $110 million over the next five years – averaging out to be about $22 million per year.
Packers Nation rejoiced and felt blessed that the team has locked up the best quarterback in the game through the prime of his career.
But as we enter the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft, the question nobody’s asking or even considering is whether Ted Thompson and company have any quarterbacks on their radar. After all, there are some decent signal callers out there who might thrive in Mike McCarthy’s quarterback university.
Stay with me here.
We all know that Aaron Rodgers won’t be around forever and we all know that TT has done nothing in the draft (yet) to take steps to add depth and competition to the offensive line – a line that gave up 51 sacks last year. Do you think Thompson wants to see that happen again? No, I didn’t think so.
So, consider who the Packers have backing up Rodgers – Graham “I-can’t-make-a-handoff-from-the-one-yard-line” Harrell and B.J. “I’m-a-huge-project” Coleman.
Nicknames aside, I feel very nervous about having to rely on those two guys for a stretch of games should Rodgers go down with injury. Heck, you might as well write the season off if that occurs and those two are the go-to guys.
Now, I’m not saying that drafting a quarterback from this year’s class is the answer to all those problems, but at least it gives the Packers an option and some competition for that backup position behind Rodgers.
The Packers go into the day with 10 selections over the next four rounds – those are picks that Thompson could use to increase the size of his roster by a bazillion (and remember, only 53 will make it), or he can use them as trade bait and move up to select value over quantity … one of those could be used to pick up a quality quarterback.
Let’s see, still on the board are the likes of Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse, Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas, and Matt Barkley, QB, USC. All three were considered within the top 40 players in the draft, but have slipped to the fourth round for a variety of reasons.
Here’s what The Sporting News has to say about Nassib:
Nassib was projected as a candidate for the No. 8 overall pick by the Bills, but they decided to trade down and take Manuel. After 97 picks, our No. 2-rated quarterback is still on the board. By now, it’s clear NFL teams don’t rate him nearly as highly as we do.
Here’s what The Sporting News has to say about Wilson:
After a challenging final year at Arkansas, Tyler Wilson is suffering again. This time, he has had to watch quarterback-needy teams pass on him for two days. A high-character, tough quarterback, Wilson should still have a long NFL career.
Here’s what The Sporting News has to say about Barkley:
Barkley is the most well-known QB still on the board, as his lack of arm strength and poor play as a senior apparently created doubts about him. The lack of value placed on Barkley by NFL teams is shocking from an evaluation standpoint.
So, will Thompson pull the trigger to add depth to a position where one hit could cripple the Packers?